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Venue

McCormick Place Convention Center, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive ,
Chicago, Illinois,
Tel: (312) 791-7000
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Coverings 2016

Overview

COVERINGS 2016, The Global Tile & Stone Experience is starting on 18 April, 2016 and ending on 21 April, 2016. The Trade Show, Fair and Exhibition place is McCormick Place. COVERINGS 2016, The Global Tile & Stone Experience is going to cover areas like Natural Stone, Natural Stone, Tile Industry and Coverings.

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AGENDA

Apr 18   

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM S100A Turning Industry Challenges into Opportunities and Opportunities Into Profits The construction and renovation industries are experiencing dramatic changes. The old ways of doing things are constantly being replaced and challenged. Many industry professionals have... Shawn McCadden Remodel My Business, Inc.

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM TBD Shower Installations This session focuses on the design and installation of barrier free tiled shower systems. Hear an overview of the attributes of barrier free shower installations... Art Mintie Art Mintie LATICRETE

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBD ANSI Dynamic Coefficient of Friction Test for Natural Stone Surfaces In our litigious society, nothing in the stone industry carries the level of liability as public walking surfaces. With the 2014 withdrawal of test method... Chuck Muehlbauer Chuck Muehlbauer Marble Institute of America

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBD From Green Squared to EPDs and HPDs - A Snapshot in Sustainability for the Tile Industry Tile installation systems of today are not the same as a few years ago. Programs such as LEEDv4, Living Building Challenge and Delos WELL Building... Cris Bierschank Cris Bierschank MAPEI Corporation

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBD Tile for Exterior Application This panel of ceramic industry experts selected by The Architect's Newspaper will discuss the issues surrounding high performance exterior systems from different angles covering design... Bill Menking The Architects Newspaper Ryan Fasan Ryan Fasan Professional Attention to Tile Installations (P.A.T.T.I)/Bellavita Tile Andrew Pennington Porcelanosa USA Ignacio Vidal Façade Technical Specialist

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBD Maximizing Tile Installations with Profiles Manufacturers produce a variety of beautiful and durable tiles, but the availability of coordinating trim pieces can be limited. This has led to the development... Earl Maicus Schluter Systems

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Demo The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Appreciation Lounge - Booth 4448 First Timer Orientation If you're new to Coverings, don't miss these quick sessions which will give you the information you need to make the most of your time at the show including answers to...

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBD Color/Design at a Crossroads: Finding the Most Directional Trends When color decisions are being made, the question inevitably arises about the right color direction to take. What path will drive success and consumer or... Leatrice Eiseman Leatrice Eiseman Pantone Color Institute

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBD Strategies for Exterior Tile Installations Learn key strategies for successful exterior tile installation. Understand the importance of careful tile selection. Gain the groundwork necessary for substrate preparation and proper mortar... Arpi Nalbandian Arpi Nalbandian Tileometry Tom Plaskota Tom Plaskota TEC/H.B. Fuller Construction Products, Inc.

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBD Natural Stone Characteristics: Protection, Maintenance & Restoration This one-hour seminar provides a working knowledge of where natural stone comes from, how it is formed, how it is extracted, and how it is... Joseph Salvo Miracle Sealants Company

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBD Man Made Natural: Authenticity and Materials Design today embraces the principal of

Apr 19   

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM TBD Friends of Bill

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM S100A Interior Design Magazine's Power Panel?Exploring the Cross-Market Pollination of Design Join Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design, for a panel discussion featuring top designers in all sectors of interior design. Through case studies and... Edie Cohen Edie Cohen Interior Design Magazine

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM TBD State of the Stone Industry - Promotion, Safety and More Several major projects have been undertaken in the stone industry. Learn first-hand how industry leaders and peers are addressing matters ranging from government regulation, competing... Jim Hieb Jim Hieb Marble Institute of America David Castellucci Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Inc. John Lancto Surface Products Dan Rea Dan Rea Coldspring Robert Zavagno Cleveland Marble Mosaic Co

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM TBD The Key to Successful Installations: Substrates With industry demands for flatter substrates we will look at how tile/ stone installations have evolved. For hundreds of years, wet set mortar beds were... Brian Cordak MAPEI Corporation Mike Granatowski Mike Granatowski MAPEI Corporation

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM TBD Economic Outlook for Interior Design - Leveraging a Growing Marketplace Recent research and forecasting tells us that the interior design profession is fully recovered from a long recession with more growth projected. ASID CEO, Randy... Randy Fiser Randy Fiser American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM TBD The Growing Problem of Spot Bonding with Mortar to Install Wall and Floor Tile The only approved method for spot bonding involves a specially designed epoxy system for interior walls in dry areas. Unfortunately, spot bonding practices in many... Mark Heinlein National Tile Contractors Association Michael Whistler Michael Whistler National Tile Contractors Association

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM TBD Exterior Wall Cladding: Making the Transition from Interior to Exteriors When the market for stone countertops was growing rapidly, many exterior stone contractors successfully diversified in creating an interior stone division within their corporations to... Michael Picco PICCO Engineering

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM TBD You Can Hire a Manager, but you Can't Hire an Owner There is a big difference in the responsibilities of someone that is the manager of a business and the individual who is the owner. Unfortunately,... Tom Shay Tom Shay Profits Plus Solutions, Inc.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Demo The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM TBD Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) Wayne Kurzen delivers engaging and actionable content that's tailor-made for busy leaders in the construction business. This session energizes entrepreneurs who are driven to improve... Wayne Kurzen The Kurzen Group

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM TBD Green Is the New Black - Sustainable Retail Design With a rising demand for brands to adopt sustainable design practices and pursue LEED certified spaces, retailers must now ask: how can we be more... Amber Richane Callison

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM TBD Installation Forum - Commercial and Institutional This open forum for installation professionals is an excellent opportunity to discuss with your installer colleagues many of the challenges involved in commercial and institutional... David Castellucci Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Inc. Bernie Van Etten Murphy Marble Co. Peter Weis W.R. Weis Company, Inc Robert Zavagno Cleveland Marble Mosaic Co

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBD 3D Warehouse: Engage Your Customers with 3D Content Marketing Turn your tile and stone product catalog into useful design assets to target architecture and design professionals with data rich, interactive 3D content used in... Mike Tadros Mike Tadros Trimble Navigation, Ltd.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Appreciation Lounge - Booth 4448 First Timer Orientation If you're new to Coverings, don't miss these quick sessions which will give you the information you need to make the most of your time at the show including answers to...

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Workshop The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM S100A The Future of Hospitality Design The Gettys Group looks at global trends and the impact design has on the guest experience, including how culture affects design and the importance of... Andrew Fay Andrew Fay The Getty's Group

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBD Contractor/Installer Roundtable NTCA contractor business leaders will lead lively and interactive technical discussions in a fun format, encouraging everyone to participate. Leaders of each table will give... National Tile Contractors Association Facilitators National Tile Contractors Association

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Appreciation Lounge - Booth 4448 A&D Day Tour Tour of the show floor

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Ceramic Material Systems Architects have rediscovered their interest in architectural ceramics as a multifunctional material for contemporary designs. The design expressions available today for interior tile surfaces have... Julia Taraska Architectural Record Martin Bechthold Harvard University

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Apples to Apples: Estimating Specialized Construction Projects from a General Contractor's Point Of View This session will focus on the three forms of delivery to owners per bidding - hard bid, design/build and construction management at risk. Review the... Leroy Trujillo Core Construction James Woelfel James Woelfel Artcraft Granite, Marble and Tile and J.G. Woelfel & Associates - Tile and Stone Consultants

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Understanding Lippage Guidelines for Ceramic and Natural Stone Tile Installations Proper substrate preparation and careful planning are more important than ever in tile and stone installations, due to increased use of large formats, minimal grout...

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Safety in your Shop and Silica Regulations Impacting your Employees How is the stone industry addressing the proposed OSHA silica rule change? What are leading fabricators doing NOW to reduce silica exposure for their employees?... G.K. Naquin G.K. Naquin Stone Interiors

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM TBD SketchUp: Advanced Rendering Techniques SketchUp Pro is an incredibly valuable design and documentation tool for tile and stone design. Whether you've a beginner or an experienced user, this course... Mike Tadros Mike Tadros Trimble Navigation, Ltd.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Demo The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM TBD Know When to Say No One of the biggest challenges a tile contractor faces is when he/she knows there are high risks on a project and they can foresee not... Anthony Jung Jung Tile & Granite

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM TBD How to Sell to Interior Designers & Architects Serving the design trade can be one of the most lucrative niches or a nightmare. Understanding the market and what is necessary to be successful... Christopher Ramey Christopher Ramey Affluent Insights

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM TBD Not Just Granite Any More - Defining Countertop Materials Available in Today's Market What countertop materials are fabricators using today? Learn how fabricators are adapting their tooling and material handling practices to adjust to the changing countertop market.... G.K. Naquin G.K. Naquin Stone Interiors Duane Naquin Stone Interiors East Buddy Ontra Buddy Ontra Ontra Stone Concepts

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM TBD Which Tile Bonding Mortar is Right for My Job? Many manufacturers have over twenty tile installation mortars available. Many meet the same industry standard and based on the description are for the same application.... Steve Taylor Steve Taylor Custom Building Products

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Workshop The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...

Apr 20   

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM S100A From the Field: A Perspective and Industry Update from Recognized Consultants Three of the tile and stone industry's leading consultants will engage in an open and frank conversation exploring the state of the industry as it... Bart Bettiga Bart Bettiga National Tile Contractors Association Dave Gobis Dave Gobis TileLetter Richard Goldberg Richard Goldberg PROCON Donato Pompo Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultant

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM TBD Managing a Successful Family Business Forum Working in a family business can be a challenge. Why are some businesses successful, while others struggle? What are the best practices? Join a panel... Tony Malisani Tony Malisani Malisani, Inc. Sandya Dandamudi GI Stone Puji Pinnamaneni GI Stone Bernie Van Etten Murphy Marble Co. Michael Van Etten Murphy Marble Co.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM TBD Permeation & Crack Isolation - What Every Contractor, Architect, And Spec Writer Should Know Is your approach to waterproofing up to date? With the advent of so many new and different products for waterproofing and crack isolation, address permeation... Dean Moilanen Noble Company

9:15 AM - 11:15 AM TBD Stone Trends 2016 In these lean construction years, it is crucial to understand the direction of the market for dimensional stone. In the U.S., natural stone is trending... Vince Marazita Vince Marazita Marazita & Associates

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM TBD New Directions for Thin Tile Panels Thin porcelain tile continues to grow in both size and acceptance, but questions still remain. What do installers need to know to work with thin... Noah Chitty Noah Chitty Crossville, Inc. Dan Marvin Dan Marvin MAPEI Corporation Benjamin Szell European Tile Masters

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM TBD The New Canvas: How Hospitality Designers Are Using Tile and Stone as Design Drivers At a time when less is more, hotel and restaurant designers are using an array of new tile and stone elements to pump the impact... Mary Scoviak Boutique Design Magazine

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Demo The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBD Management of Delay and Disruption and Proactive Strategies for Tile Contractors Learn how to identify dangerous contract language and suggestions for how to minimize the power of the language in negotiations with the general contractor prior... Tommy Conner Tommy Conner Superior Tile and Stone Tim Fitzgerald Tim Fitzgerald Construction Industry Professional

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBD Leadership in Action: Mastering Emotional Intelligence and Body Language Great leadership is enhanced by an understanding of emotional intelligence (EI) and body language with very effective results in improving leadership skills. EI is what... Linda Talley Linda Talley & Associates, Inc

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBD 3D Warehouse: Engage Your Customers with 3D Content Marketing (REPEAT) Turn your tile and stone product catalog into useful design assets to target architecture and design professionals with data rich, interactive 3D content used in... Mike Tadros Mike Tadros Trimble Navigation, Ltd.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM TBD Tile Trends: What's New, What's Next? Advancements in cutting-edge digital technology and the revival of artisanal processes have collided to transform the look and application of tile, creating limitless opportunities for... Kristin Coleman Kristin Coleman Novita' Marianne Cox TCNA Ryan Fasan Ryan Fasan Professional Attention to Tile Installations (P.A.T.T.I)/Bellavita Tile

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Appreciation Lounge - Booth 4448 First Timer Orientation If you're new to Coverings, don't miss these quick sessions which will give you the information you need to make the most of your time at the show including answers to...

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Workshop The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBD Fabricator Roundtable TBD

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBD Contractor/Installer Roundtable NTCA contractor business leaders will lead lively and interactive business discussions in a fun format, encouraging everyone to participate. Leaders of each table will give... National Tile Contractors Association Facilitators National Tile Contractors Association

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Perspectives in Benchmarking One of the most important aspects to running a successful business is understanding what metrics are important to measure and how to measure your company... Duane Naquin Stone Interiors East Eric Tryon Eric Tryon Premier Surfaces

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Ready To Use Grouts A new wave of grouts that are ready to use from the bucket have swept over the market in recent years, pushing these once residential-only... Jim Whitfield Jim Whitfield MAPEI Corporation

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Specification 2.0 Harnessing the Full Potential of Tile in Modern Specs Since the modern age of ceramic tile began (around 1970), the aesthetics and quality of tile have jumped by leaps and bounds. This updated specification... Ryan Fasan Ryan Fasan Professional Attention to Tile Installations (P.A.T.T.I)/Bellavita Tile

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Women in Stone Workshop - Speed Mentoring and Round Table Discussion Participate in an organized rotation to build relationships and establish a network of peers within the stone industry. Providing you the opportunity to share knowledge... Kim Dumais Miller Druck Allyson Humphries Walker Zanger Marcella Prado LATICRETE Kathy Spanier Coldspring

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM TBD SketchUp: Advanced Rendering Techniques (REPEAT) SketchUp Pro is an incredibly valuable design and documentation tool for tile and stone design. Whether you've a beginner or an experienced user, this course... Mike Tadros Mike Tadros Trimble Navigation, Ltd.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Demo The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM TBD Fabricator Forum This open forum for residential countertop fabricators is an excellent opportunity to discuss with your colleagues many of the challenges involved in the residential countertop... Eric Tryon Eric Tryon Premier Surfaces Ross Accardi Sprovieri's Custom Countertops Steve Kobliska K.G. Stevens, Inc Brie Pfannenbecker Connecticut Stone

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM TBD Let Nature do the Work: Designing with Natural Stone Many materials science and design courses stress the importance of understanding the nature of materials from origin to fabrication and from aesthetics to performance. The... Vince Marazita Vince Marazita Marazita & Associates

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM TBD Better Marketing Before and After the Sale This session will present and practice marketing strategies and techniques for use before and after a sale. Topics will include marketing before the sale, the... Brian Gracon Brian Gracon Brian Gracon & Associates

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Workshop The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and..

Apr 21   

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM TBD Training Session on Thin Tile Installations Large format porcelain tile comes in many different thicknesses and size ranges. Hear the important update on the standards development process. A special emphasis will... Noah Chitty Noah Chitty Crossville, Inc. Benjamin Szell European Tile Masters

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM TBD Color Theory and Its Application Color is like a language because it's one of our most basic means of communication. To achieve the best results in use of color, it... Feras Irikat Feras Irikat Lunada Bay Tile

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM TBD The New Rules of Customer Engagement Learn what motivates consumers to buy today and in the future and how to deploy strategies and tactics that best match those motivations and expectations.... James Dion James Dion Dionco, Inc

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM TBD Wholesale and Slab Distributors Forum This forum features an in-depth discussion of strategic issues critical to running successful wholesale and slab distribution companies. Topics will include a host of operational... Tom Harty Stone Source Carl Harris Elmar New England Kyle Keith Terazzo Marble and Supply Ralesh Malhotra Universal Granite & Marble

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Appreciation Lounge - Booth 4448 First Timer Orientation If you're new to Coverings, don't miss these quick sessions which will give you the information you need to make the most of your time at the show including answers to...

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Shawn McCadden

Shawn McCadden, a remodeling industry speaker and remodeling consultant, is one of the most prominent figures in the remodeling industry. He obtained his builder's license by age 18; founded, operated, and sold a successful employee-managed design/build firm; co-founded the Residential Design/Build Institute; and went on to become director of education and business innovations for a major national bath and kitchen remodeling franchise company. Today he speaks frequently at industry conferences and trade events, including JLC LIVE and The Remodeling Show, consults with remodeling companies and the supply chain, and writes a monthly column for Remodeling Magazine.

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